Digital Cable Audio Output?

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  1. Mike Darksyde

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    I have digital cable hooked up to a receiver with R/L cables.

    On some channels all speakers will play audio. In quite a good 5.1 surround mix, Especially the discovery channels. Others not even the R/L will play and it will only be the center channel.

    Can someone explain how this works, and what is occuring, and will there ever be a 5.1 output for digital cable? If not why not? Can the cable not carry that type of audio signal?
     
  2. Jeff Gatie

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    All depends on if the original audio is a pro-logic (Dolby Surround), stereo or mono mix. This depends on the show and/or the cable company.

    There are digital cable boxes with 5.1 digital out. Most are digital out capable, they just have knockouts in place where the spdif or optical connection is supposed to be. Check with your provider to see if there is a) DD 5.1 available for digital cable and b) a box with a digital out available
     
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  4. Mike Darksyde

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    No it does not provide a digital audio output. It is a first generation DVR from Scientific Atlantic. (Explorer 8000) It has 50 hours of record time. No HD or digital audio output, and the aux input firmware is not up to date, but its better than having to buy a tivo.

    When they come out with a HD/DVR with Digital Audio Output I will be a happy clam [​IMG]

    Thanks for the replies!
     

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